FUN ACTIVITIES TO TEACH YOUR CHILD NUMBERS
Match Numbers in a Muffin tin:
What is needed:
Put papers with the numbers written as well as dots boldly drawn on the paper (number 1 will have one dot; number 2 will have two dots etc.). Place them in a sequential order in the different moulds in a muffin tin. Get a favourite snack of your child’s like popcorn, gems or cereal.
How to play:
First show your child the numbers by placing one gem, for example, in the mould with the number 1, two gems in the mould with the number two and so on and so forth. Make sure you hold up your fingers with the number so he/she can see the number in a different way as well. After you show all the numbers take the gems out and tell your child to use the dots as his/her guide in how many to put in. It’s a sort of match-the-dots-with-gems. After he/she finishes, reward your pre-schooler with the gems. This is an activity to initiate your pre-schooler into learning numbers.
Other activities to help learn numbers:
- Numbers are everywhere so ensure that you point them out to your pre-schooler when you go out. Number plates, doors, buildings, price tags etc all provide learning opportunities. You can make it more interesting by telling your child to look for a particular number when you leave the house and see if he/she can find it.
- Getting your child a toy-phone is a great way to get your child excited about numbers.
- When you tell your child to choose something or generally give him instructions, make sure you put a number on it so that your child will start to count. For example, you may say take TWO biscuits, pick any FOUR toys to pack, put these THREE plates on the table.